Meghan’s Father Suggests She Exaggerated Royal Racism

File photo of Meghan and Thomas Markle

 

Meghan Markle’s estranged father on Tuesday suggested that his daughter exaggerated racism in the British royal family during her interview with US chat show host Oprah Winfrey.

Thomas Markle told ITV the couple’s two-hour chat with Winfrey was “way over the top” and suggested a royal family member could have asked a “dumb question” about her future baby’s skin colour.

The 76-year-old Emmy-winning former lighting director was interviewed from his home in Mexico by one of Meghan’s most vehement critics, the former tabloid newspaper editor Piers Morgan.

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“They (Harry and Meghan) went way over the top with these stories with Oprah and should have waited, considering the Queen’s age and Philip’s age,” he said of the CBS show broadcast on Sunday.

Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth II is 94 and her husband Prince Philip is 99 and currently in hospital recovering from a heart operation.

He played down Meghan and Harry’s comments that an unnamed royal family member had asked how dark her baby’s skin would be.

“This whole thing about colour and how dark the baby is, is bullshit,” said Markle, who is white while Meghan’s mother is black.

“I’m guessing and hoping that it’s just a dumb question from somebody. I don’t think the British royal family are racist.”

At the same time, he said he was upset by his daughter’s account of feeling suicidal after joining the royal family in 2018.

“Had I known she had psychological problems, I would have been there for her,” he said.

But he claimed that Meghan had “pretty much ghosted” her family in the US and “she really had no one to reach out to”.

Thomas Markle separated from Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland when the duchess was young.

Raglan was at her wedding at Windsor Castle and has had tea with the queen but she dropped contact with her father soon after her wedding.

Thomas Markle declined to attend after he took part in staged paparazzi photos. He also cited forthcoming heart surgery.

“They didn’t care if I died,” he claimed while saying he wanted to see Meghan, Harry, and his grandson Archie, who are now living in California after quitting the royal frontline last year.

Meghan won a legal victory in February against the publisher of the Mail on Sunday newspaper after it printed a private letter from her provided by her father.

He said he released part of the letter because Meghan’s friends were telling “lies” about him.

US magazine People cited Meghan’s friends as saying she wrote she loved her father and was heartbroken by his behaviour.

The part he did not release was “horrible”, he said. “The word love was never written by her for me.”

Meghan told Winfrey in the interview that she had tried to protect both her parents before the wedding but felt “betrayal” when she found out he was cooperating with newspapers.

“I’m just trying to decide if I’m comfortable even talking about that,” she added.

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Thomas Markle Seeks Reconciliation With Daughter, Meghan

File photo of Meghan and Thomas Markle

 

Meghan Markle’s estranged father Thomas on Monday pleaded with his daughter to get in touch, saying the rift caused by her marriage to Prince Harry “can’t continue forever”.

Markle told ITV’s Good Morning Britain (GMB) that he was “hopeful something will be resolved,” adding “this can’t continue forever.

“I don’t plan to be silent for the rest of my life… I would really appreciate if she just called me,” he said.

Markle revealed he had not spoken to his daughter since they fell out in the buildup to her wedding to Prince Harry last May.

The 74-year-old missed the event due to heart surgery, amid a furore after he was found to have received payment for staged paparazzi photographs.

He ended up watching the wedding from California, with Prince Charles taking his place and walking Meghan down the aisle.

The couple is expecting their first child next year, and soon-to-be-grandfather Markle said he was “hoping that everything goes well and I get to see a little Meghan or Harry.

“There has to be a place for me, I’m her father,” he added.

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has faced a barrage of negative headlines in recent weeks over her relationship with royal staff.

Her father ran to her defense, telling GMB that “she’s always been very controlling, but she’s never been rude… she’s always been polite.”

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Prince Charles To Walk Meghan Down Aisle After Dad Drops Out

This combination of file pictures created on May 18, 2018 shows Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales arriving at the Natural History Museum in London on November 02, 2016 and Britain’s Prince Harry’s fiancee US actress Meghan Markle greeting well-wishers as she arrives with the prince at Millennium Point to attend an event hosted by social enterprise Stemettes to celebrate International Women’s Day in Birmingham on March 08, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

 

Prince Charles will be the one to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle when she marries his son Prince Harry, palace officials said Friday as final preparations were underway on the eve of the royal wedding.

The bride had initially hoped her father Thomas Markle would take on the role, but confirmed Thursday he would not attend as he is recovering from a heart operation after being caught up in a paparazzi fiasco involving staged pictures.

Although many thought her mother Doria Ragland could step in, Kensington Palace said her future father-in-law would take on the responsibility at Saturday’s ceremony.

“Ms Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle… on her wedding day,” a statement said.

“The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms Markle to the royal family in this way.”

Markle’s mum will on Friday meet Queen Elizabeth II for the first time at Windsor Castle, where the nuptials will take place.

She met with Charles and his wife Camilla on Thursday, and will be joined by her daughter and future son-in-law for Friday’s afternoon tea with the monarch.

In the weeks running up to the wedding, organisers have been caught off guard by the chaos surrounding the family of the bride-to-be, with palace staff referring to it as the “Markle Debacle”, Britain’s Daily Mirror reported.

And the palace itself has come under fire for its handling of the situation.

“Kensington Palace has missed a trick with the whole family,” veteran royal biographer Penny Junor told AFP, suggesting it might have been prudent for Markle to invite her half-siblings.

“The relatives have become a bigger story than the event itself, which is tragic.”

 ‘Ethereal’ lemon and elderflower cake

Despite the pre-ceremony fiasco, Meghan was smiling as she arrived for Thursday’s dress rehearsal involving military marches and a dry-run of the carriage procession that will whisk the couple around Windsor to greet the crowds after their wedding at St George’s Chapel, in the castle grounds.

The duo made a brief appearance, surprising crowds milling around the rehearsal route by pulling in to Windsor Castle via the famous Long Walk promenade.

Meanwhile, Violet Bakery in east London was on Friday applying finishing touches to the “ethereal” lemon and elderflower wedding cake, which it said would be displayed in a special “installation”, according to Kensington Palace.

Ingredients for the cake, which will be assembled at Windsor on Saturday, include 200 Amalfi lemons, 500 eggs and 10 bottles of elderflower cordial.

Details about Markle’s wedding dress remain a closely-guarded secret, and will not be revealed until the bride arrives for the service.

Mother and daughter will spend Friday night together at the Cliveden House Hotel, set amid an expansive country estate 30 minutes drive from Windsor Castle, while Harry will stay with his brother Prince William at the nearby Coworth Park hotel.

Philip to attend

Security forces have transformed the picturesque town into an impregnable fortress.

Every nook and cranny has been scoured and every imaginable security measure deployed to guarantee the safety of the royal couple and the tens of thousands of spectators set to flood the streets.

Diehard royalists have already started camping out in the town to secure the best viewing spots along the carriage route, with dozens expected to sleep on the streets overnight.

“I came here on Wednesday with all my friends,” Sam Perez, 50, from New York, told AFP outside the castle gates where he had set up camp.

“We’re going to party tonight,” he added.

“The people from the town, they’re really, really good, they bring coffee, cookies, hot tea. That’s nice.”

Outlook sunny

Much of the week has been overshadowed by speculation about whether or not Markle’s father would attend.

He was originally reported to have pulled out after allegedly posing for a set of staged photos which sold for a reported £100,000 ($135,000/114,000 euros) — in a breach of royal etiquette.

US celebrity news website TMZ cited sources as saying he had agreed to the photographs in a bid to improve his image.

“He was trying to explain his side of things, that him working with the paparazzi for those staged photos was an attempt to recast his image to show him as a loving father who was getting ready for his daughter’s wedding, and not as a reclusive lush,” reporter Sean Mandell told the BBC.

Despite the rocky build-up, at least Britain’s unpredictable weather looks set to behave, with a forecast for clear skies and mild temperatures.

Further good news arrived when it was announced that Harry’s grandfather Prince Philip would attend, despite recently undergoing hip surgery.

AFP